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Rudin: Out Of Nowhere; Hesketh, Ellerby, Sparke, Chobanian / University Of St. Thomas Wind Ensemble


Release Date: 04/14/2009 
Label:  Innova   Catalog #: 728   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Ken HeskethRolf RudinMartin EllerbyPhilip Sparke,   ... 
Performer:  Chris Kachian
Conductor:  Matthew George
Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of St. Thomas Wind Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 59 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Kenneth Hesketh’s Infernal Ride (2004) does just what it says on the packet, belting along in what the composer calls, entirely accurately, “a madcap chase.” Rolf Rudin’s Out of Nowhere (2008) is a quarter-hour symphonic poem based on Irish myth—no trite Celticism, thank God, though a lilting tune does make a nod in that direction; Rautavaara-like rising and falling figures suggest mysticism, banished briefly by a dramatic, driving allegro section. In spite of George’s enthusiasm in interview for Martin Ellerby’s Mass of St. Thomas Aquinas (2007), I find it rather anonymous, full of that good-natured bustle of English composers on commission for a jolly occasion, a kind of sub-Walton on autopilot. Here the wind band is joined by an Read more anonymous choir—that is, the eight singers are named in the booklet, but the group itself appears to have no name. Philip Sparke’s Deserts (2008) has rather more to offer: A whipcrack scherzo arises out of nothing and dies away into an expansive, Sibelian coda. Finally, the Armenian Rhapsody (2006) by Loris Chobanian is a three-movement (not two, as the back of the jewel case suggests) guitar concerto based on, well, Armenian dance tunes, of course; it’s a good-natured romp.

The performances are sure-footed and committed, with plenty of rhythmic drive; the recordings are full-bodied; and the booklet notes offer commentaries from the composers followed by a brief biographical sketch for each of them."

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Works on This Recording

1.
Infernal Ride by Ken Hesketh
Conductor:  Matthew George
Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of St. Thomas Wind Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 7 Minutes 24 Secs. 
2.
Out of Nowhere by Rolf Rudin
Conductor:  Matthew George
Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of St. Thomas Wind Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 14 Minutes 23 Secs. 
3.
Mass of St. Thomas Aquinas by Martin Ellerby
Conductor:  Matthew George
Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of St. Thomas Wind Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 14 Minutes 14 Secs. 
4.
Deserts by Philip Sparke
Conductor:  Matthew George
Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of St. Thomas Wind Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 11 Minutes 3 Secs. 
5.
Armenian Rhapsody by Loris Chobanian
Performer:  Chris Kachian (Guitar)
Conductor:  Matthew George
Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of St. Thomas Wind Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2006 
Length: 11 Minutes 25 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Infernal Ride
Out of Nowhere
Mass of St. Thomas Aquinas: Kyrie
Mass of St. Thomas Aquinas: Gloria
Mass of St. Thomas Aquinas: Sanctus
Mass of St. Thomas Aquinas: Benedictus
Mass of St. Thomas Aquinas: Agnus Dei
Deserts
Armenian Rhapsody: I. Dohn (Festival)
Armenian Rhapsody: II. Bar (Dance)

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